Reflexology for IVF support is something that you may or may not have thought of. We are supporting more and more couples through IVF using reflexology and it can be a great addition to a treatment cycle.
Reflexology can also be used with all forms of assisted conception such as Clomid and IUI. It can also be used to support individuals and couples using surrogacy or donors in IVF cycles.
How does Reflexology work to support IVF?
There is some great evidence to support Reflexology for IVF and general fertility. Reflexes on the feet are activated with gentle pressure with activates the nervous system and the release of neurotransmitters. This aids all of the bodies systems, including the reproductive system, putting the body back into a parasympathetic state and regulating cortisol levels.
How often should I come for treatment?
Ideally, coming regularly for 3 months before your treatment cycle starts will optimise results however, there are some key points around an IVF cycle. Generally when you are stimulating and post transfer are great times to come in for a treatment.
The two week wait can seem like a lifetime and it can be difficult to manage your stress so many patients find coming throughout this time can be a life saver!
Other areas Reflexology for IVF can support:
▫️Sleep – this is really important for hormone balance and reflexology will aid an excellent nights sleep
▫️Digestion – often IVF meds can upset your digestion and generally make you feel a bit meh, we need to keep your bowels moving for hormone detox.
▫️Anxiety – IVF can be a very stressful, nerve wracking and emotionally draining time and anything that helps calm your nervous system will be much appreciated by your body. Reflexology in Surrey